“Who do you say I am?”
John 7: 40-41
40 When they heard these words, some in the crowd said, ‘This is really the prophet.’ 41 Others said, ‘This is the Messiah.’ But some asked, ‘Surely the Messiah does not come from Galilee, does he?
Apparently, I had a doppelgänger at university. On 3 separate occasions, in my time at McGill, someone came up to me and addressed me as ‘Nancy’. Two of them apologised after a second longer glance, but one refused to believe even after a few minutes conversation that I wasn’t (and never had been) Nancy.
“Who do you say I am?” Jesus asked the disciples. There were lots of options: John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah, one of the other prophets. But Peter had the courage and the conviction to make this bold statement, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God”
The crowds asked the same question, ‘Who is this man?’
Two thousand years later, we’re still asking the question. Some will recognise the face of God in Jesus. Others will say, ‘Sorry, my mistake” and keep searching.
May you find what you seek, when you seek him with all your heart.
I long to know you, really know you.
The sound of your voice,
whether your hair curls,
the exact shade of your eyes.
I want to see your smile,
to hear your accent,
to feel how years of carpentry have shaped your hands.
I want to know what heaven looks like when it touches earth,
when they inhabit the same body,
the bond of the Spirit as clear as day.
I want to recognise you, to call you by your name,
‘Messiah, Saviour, King’
- as you call me by mine.
Lent Legacy 2021 Action
Day Twenty Eight
Read the news - perhaps the top few headline articles - and see if there is anything practical you could do to help in the situations described.
Alternative - Write a short letter to your MP about a situation you have read about to express your concern